Succeed in your centre supervisor/manager assessment

We’ve read through your CV and spotted some great skills and experience that you have to offer, so you’ve been invited to the next stage of the application process – that’s great news!

This stage involves completing an online assessment. We know that might seem a little daunting, so we wanted to remove all mystery and give you an insight into what the assessment involves and what we think you need to know to ace it. We’ve even included a sneak peek of one of the questions that will come up!

Why would we give you all this information? We want you to have every opportunity to do your best and show us your potential!

What does the assessment involve?

The assessment is entirely online and is made up of two parts:

  • Part one is a multiple-choice test that includes five maths and five English questions , all of which are content that would be covered in the national curriculum/entrance exams course up to key stage three. We suggest that for most candidates this part of the assessment will take around 20 minutes, however you won’t be limited and can take as long as you need to complete it.

  • Part two is an online pre-recorded video interview which means that it won’t be live and so you’ll have the freedom to complete it at a time that suits you best. There will be one question for you to answer and it should take you no more than a few minutes to complete, however you can take as long as you like to prepare your answer. You can also retake your response up to 3 times!

Why do we ask candidates to complete this assessment?

There’s only so much that we can learn from an application! Although we’re not able to invite everyone to have a live interview with us, we want to give as many of our candidates as possible the opportunity to show us why they would be great for the role. The maths and English tests show us your working knowledge of the curriculum right now, while the video interview allows you to demonstrate your passion, communication style, and overall suitability for the role.

Our supervisor and manager roles also involve a high level of responsibility that comes with working with children and managing a team, so it’s important that we take care to assess people’s suitability and professionalism to a high degree. Altogether, the assessment helps us to make a more informed decision about who we’d like to invite to the next stage of the application process.

What are we looking for in the assessment?

The maths and English test is all about your subject knowledge, so we’re going to focus on the key skills that we’re looking for candidates to showcase in the video interview. We’re also going to give you a sneak peek at the question in the video interview and some insider tips to support you to nail your interview.

Video interview question: What attracted you to this role at Explore Learning?

In your response, we’d love to see your passion shine through! There are no right answers to this question, we’re mainly interested to hear about why you’re looking to work in this industry, in this role, and specifically at Explore Learning. The impact that our people make on our members is what we’re most proud of, so we’d love to hear why you would like to be a part of that with us.

The skills that we’re looking for in your response to this question can be broken down into three key areas. We’re looking for:

  1. A great communicator that will engage and empower their team while maintaining clear and effective interactions with all stakeholders.

  2. Someone who can demonstrate a passion for education and making a difference to children, along with a strong sense of educational professionalism.

  3. Someone with clear potential in leading and managing a team, with a track record of setting and achieving goals.

Find out more about the role ahead of your assessment by watching our video about our role objectives below:

Top tips:

  • There’s no need to revise for the maths and English test, however if you’re feeling nervous then websites like BBC bitesize are a great resource that cover national curriculum content.

  • We’re looking for potential, not perfection. We all make mistakes and fumble our words, so we’ll be expecting you to as well in your video interview! We’d like you to act as normal as possible, and it shows great resilience to keep going after making a mistake.

  • In the video interview, while you prepare to answer the question, jot down some notes of things you would like to mention so that you can refer back while recording if your mind goes blank. We’ll be looking for you to speak naturally to showcase your communication style, so please don’t read from a script, but having reminders of what you want to cover can be useful to help you relax and feel confident.

  • Remember that recording a video interview might feel a bit silly, but our recruitment team watch hundreds of them every day across all our vacancies, so we promise that you won’t look silly to us at all.

We hope you’re feeling more prepared and ready to nail your assessment! We wish you the best of luck and if you have any questions for our team, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

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